Somerville’s Presidents’ Day schedule

On February 16, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

On Monday, February 19, City offices will be closed for Presidents’ Day.

Trash and recycling collection will be on a one-day delay all week.

Meters and resident permit parking won’t be enforced on Presidents’ Day.

 

By Rep. Christine Barber
34th Middlesex District

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

As we settle into 2018, most of us are looking for a new start and more hopeful news, instead of the challenges and division we faced in 2017. Make no mistake, we have good reason to be angry or fearful at many of the federal policies leveled at us. But despite terrible news, we in Massachusetts have good reason to be optimistic.

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Union Square Portraits: Conversations about America – with Joe

On February 16, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Former Somerville police officer, Joe.

By JT Thompson

Joe, mid 50s, a former lieutenant on the Somerville police force, retired in 2015 after 26 years of service as a cop, and now works with disadvantaged teenagers.

Joe is a big guy, round-shouldered and burly, with friendly, intelligent eyes, a frizzy, grey goatee, a bald head, a dark leather jacket, and slender reading glasses with pink frames. He is deeply comfortable in his own skin and moves easily in his storytelling between sturdy strength and emotional vulnerability.

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Somerville Youth Sports parent workshop

On February 15, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jake Wilson
Somerville Youth Soccer League

Everyone wants to win. That’s the first goal in sports. But in youth and high school sports there is a second, more important goal: teaching life lessons through sports.

THE SECOND-GOAL PARENT®: Developing Winners in Life Through Sports teaches sports parents why and how to focus on that second goal. This workshop conveys the essence of the philosophy and several tips and tools parents can use to help their children get the most from youth and high school sports. The workshop guides parents in:

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‘Scary man’ gets his wish

On February 15, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police officers were dispatched to an Assembly Row location last Saturday evening on reports of an unwanted person.

Upon arrival, the officers were flagged down by an Assembly Row Security Officer, who pointed to a man, later identified as Bryan Kelleher, of Saugus.

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Data Download with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

On February 15, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Joseph A. Curtatone

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

Taking a closer look at notable city data—and interesting numbers.

59 percent census return rate: Did you know that census responses do more than simply provide us with useful data? Because some federal funding is population based, census responses help determine how much money Somerville receives in some cases. These funds help pay for City programs and services and you can help ensure your city receives its fair share simply by returning your census form. Returning your completed census form is also important because it keeps you on the voter rolls. When inactive voters do not return their census form, the State may invalidate your voter registration. Last year, 59 percent of Somerville residents returned theirs, which is better than most area towns. But surely we can do better.

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SHS Girls Basketball update – February 14

On February 14, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's Basketball album on Photobucket

~Photos by Karen Toner

Somerville High School Girls Basketball played Everett Tuesday night in Somerville. The Freshman won 28–24. Junior Varsity lost 30–52, and Varsity lost to Everett 54–40.

 

Doug Holder honored by SMC

On February 14, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Doug Holder was recently cited at the annual Wrestle Media awards ceremony for the Somerville Media Center with an award for best Arts and Cultural show, Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer. http://poettopoetwritertowriter.blogspot.com

 

City to review and update gender equity policy

On February 14, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The Somerville Board of Aldermen has asked the administration to look into the issues of gender inequity in the areas of leadership and pay for city employees such as police, fire, and emergency services personnel.

By Jim Clark

Discussion took place at the latest Regular Meeting of the Somerville Board of Aldermen related to gender equity issues. Specifically, it was noted that a great disparity exists between the number of women employed in leadership roles by the city compared to men.

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Appreciation Night in Somerville

On February 14, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
timesphoto's Alderman Appreciation night album on Photobucket

 By Donald Norton/Photos by Claudia Ferro

Five former aldermen that recently left office here in Somerville were honored at an “Appreciation Night” event this past Friday, February 9, at the Somerville City Club.

A crowd of some 200 family members, supporters and friends of the five gathered to show their appreciation for all the hard work they have put in while serving the city.

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